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28th May 2003 18:35

Evening Post, 19 May 2003

Striker Danny Bacon has been offered a one-year deal to stay at Stags. The 22-year-old looked destined to leave the club after seeing out the season on loan at Unibond Premier Division outfit Hucknall Town. But ten goals in 14 games for Phil Starbuck's side has persuaded Stags boss Keith Curle to give the Mansfield-born forward another chance to show what he can do in the Nationwide League.

Curle said: "Danny has done well on loan and it will give us another opportunity to look at what he can offer us. "He was injured for a lot of the time he was here before he went out on loan. "We were all concentrating on trying to avoid relegation so we were unable to keep tabs on him, but going to Hucknall will have increased his confidence and he will have become sharper. "He is a local lad and has a big affiliation with the club and I know he is desperate to do well for Mansfield Town."

Meanwhile, Stags are still hoping to arrange a pre-season friendly with arch-rivals Chesterfield. The two clubs are waiting for police advice about the game but are keen to lock horns on Wednesday, July 23, at Field Mill. Stags also have friendlies against Manchester City on July 19 and Coventry City on July 30 and will play two games in Cornwall during a three-night stay, starting on July 27. Curle said: "There are still a few things that have to be rubber-stamped but I am hopeful we will be able to play Chesterfield. "Manchester City and Coventry will be good tests for our lads and Cornwall will give us the chance to get away for a couple of days and play some games. "I went down there with Sheffield United and there's a good set-up where we will be staying. Soon, we will be looking at who might be available and we will be back on June 26, which will give me an opportunity to get a few people in on trial. "We will be trying to formulate a few ideas but I don't think there is any real need for wholesale changes. We will be tinkering a little bit." The club will also be holding an open day on Sunday, July 13, in association with the Stags Supporters Association and the Ollerton Stags Supporters Club. The details of activities and times have not yet been released but the club are hopeful they will be able to parade their new home shirt.

Meanwhile mansfieldtown.net reports that, despite earlier reports amongst the local press, the pre-season match against Chesterfield is not yet a definite fixture, nor is this due to the police as was reported.


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